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  • Looking over golden forests and mist to the snow-capped summit of the mountain
    Ben Cruachan, north bank of Loch Awe, Argyll
  • flowery bushes border the grand drive up to the spledid, turreted castle
    Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll
  • A group of children look on as a criminal trail from the 19th century is renacted in the Inveraray Jail courtroom, Argyll
    The courtroom at Inveraray Jail, Argyll
  • Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, known as the mightiest conifer in Europe, Argyll & The Isles
    Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

If you’re looking for a great range of activities that the whole family can enjoy, then Argyll & The Isles is the perfect place to visit. Whether you fancy uncovering the history of ancient castles or soaking up the atmosphere of beautiful gardens you’ll find plenty things to see and do here.

Have you ever wondered what life was like for prisoners during the 19th century? The torturous past of Inveraray Jail is brought to life through a living museum and visitor attraction which includes an 1820s courtroom and the real sights and smells of the time.

For more history and a chance to explore fantastic fortresses, head for the many castles across Argyll & The Isles. From the ruins of Carnasserie Castle to the impressive Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, there are many castles which are guaranteed to inspire children of all ages.

There’s plenty activities to keep the children amused, come rain or shine. For something truly unique, head for Ben Cruachan where you’ll discover a power station one kilometre into the mountain. The massive cavern is high enough to house the Tower of London and the underground humid conditions mean that many subtropical plants thrive here. Discover how the huge turbines turn water into electricity.

Back in the great outdoors, explore Argyll & The Isles’ many beautiful gardens and green spaces which include Benmore Botanic Garden north of Dunoon, with its spectacular avenue of redwoods which greets visitors at the garden's entrance. The Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens at Cairndow is another beautiful garden and is home to one of Britain’s tallest trees.

There are also lots of opportunities to spot the region’s wildlife at nature centres and reserves.

Browse the listings for more great ideas of family days out across Argyll & The Isles.

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  1. Mull Museum

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    Museums

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    Tobermory & North Mull

    Mull Museum is a small on the Isle of Mull filled with interesting objects and displays of island life.

  2. Gradings

    Bute

    Discover this ancient Iron-Age fort located at the southern end of the Isle of Bute.

  3. Crarae Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Inveraray

    Crarae Garden lies 10 miles south of Inveraray in Argyll and is a Himalayan-style exotic garden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  4. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  5. Carnasserie Castle

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    Castles

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    Kilmartin

    Explore this magnificent ruined castle, the former home of the first Protestant Bishop of the Isles.

  6. Gradings

    Oban

    Oban's War & Peace Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people.

  7. Crinan Hotel Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crinan

    The Crinan Hotel is situated on the banks of the Loch Crinan on the Argyll coast and its secret garden is located behind the hotel.

  8. Alice Strange: Artist

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Visit a working artist's studio.

  9. Heartfelt by Liz

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Dalmally

    Heartfelt Studio is a textile treasure trove set within a unique Victorian Station in the village of Dalmally . Its landscape is wild and beautiful and a lovely place to visit

  10. Gradings

    Appin

    Welcome to Rosebank Garden Gallery and Loch Linnhe Tiles

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